Monday, March 14, 2016

EJ&E's Whiting Yard

Joseph Tuch Santucci posted a photo of a caboose with the comment: "Caboose 549 resting in Whiting Yard. This caboose was assigned to the Whiting jobs and used by the day job when heading to East Chicago or to Hegewisch. March 1994"

Richard Schwanke Also back in the day it was assigned to "chain gang" duty to Conductor Ray Cheney. I spent many many layovers sleeping or trying to sleep in that caboose. Gary had to be the worst place for that. Caboose track was right along side the track they used to pull cuts out of the mill of loaded cars full of steel. Then there was the retarders squealing all day or night on the hump to help you sleep.
Joseph Tuch Santucci I think the J was one of the last railroads to have trainmen sleep in the cabooses. Didn't they put a stop to that in the latter 70's?
Richard Schwanke Yes. They started putting us up in the Red Roof Inn in Merrilville. Thinking on it we slept in the cabooses right up until they got permission to use the FREDS. That's the only reason they put us in the hotels, then the got the run through agreements and no layover points so the hotels were a thing of the past too.

My regular map for the Chicago area yards labeled this the Standard Oil Yard. But another map I use labels this the EJ&E Whiting Yard. It appears the dark ballasted tracks on the east are EJ&E's yard whereas the tracks on the west are for BP/Amoco/Standard OilFor once I don't need to find an old aerial photo because it looks like this yard is still at the same capacity it was during the height of railroading.

Update: when I got a snapshot that did not have a cursor in it, I noticed Google updated their images. I like the original exposure better.
Out of curiosity, I also captured Bing's image.

The Cline Avenue bridge at the bottom has been demolished because after just 27 years it was deemed too weak to carry traffic!
Al Whitlock posted
Looking north from the on ramp to Cline Ave. in East Chicago. Photo by Al Whitlock 12-10-2008.
Gabe Argenta commented on the above posting
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Bob Lalich Are all those lumber cars in storage, or is there a facility nearby that uses them?
Gabe Argenta I can't think of one around there Bob, but this was a year or two ago.

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